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Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

Museum Accreditation



Museums Australia (MA) is the peak industry body for the cultural heritage sector and has a branch in each state. The Victorian branch of MA (MAVic) provides an internationally renowned Museum Accreditation Program (MAP).


In 2010, the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History submitted an expression of interest for MAP and in February 2015 was formally notified it had achieved accreditation.


The accreditation process demanded examination of all areas of practice; demonstrating compliance with relevant regulations and legislation, endorsing a museum specific code of ethics, strategic planning, reviewing community engagement strategies, and development of a full suite of policies and procedures, all in line with industry best practice.



Medical History Masterclass


The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History has been working with the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, to create a full-day workshop for interested medical professionals to develop and enhance their skills in historical research.


The Museum is also aware of a great interest in medical history amongst the general public and will open the masterclass to this wider group as well.


The masterclass will be held on Saturday, October 15, coinciding with History Week in Victoria.


Stay tuned for more details, including registration and program.


Participants in the ANZCA CPD program can claim attendance at this course under the Knowledge and Skills category ‘Short Courses, Workshops’ for 2 credits per hour.


Geoffrey Kaye oral history

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Trailblazers & Peacekeepers: Honouring the ANZAC Spirit




The Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History presents new exhibition across three platforms: a physical exhibition, an accompanying book, and an online exhibition. 


Trailblazers & Peacekeepers: Honouring the ANZAC Spirit looks at historical accounts of anaesthetists in conflict, as well as presenting first-person accounts from more contemporary conflicts, such as the Gulf War and Afghanistan.


The online exhibition Trailblazers & Peacekeepers was launched at the ANZCA annual scientific meeting in Adelaide on May 2, 2015. 


2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. April 25, 1916 was the first ANZAC Day, a day which has been set aside ever since to remember Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in conflict zones.

Australian and New Zealand doctors have administered anaesthesia in every major conflict since the Boer War and, from the time anaesthesia became a specialty, there have been specialist anaesthetists in the Defence Forces. We are extremely proud of these men and women – those who have served and those who continue to provide care today in often difficult and dangerous circumstances.


To order a copy of the Trailblazers and Peacekeepers book, please complete this form and forward to the Museum.


Trailblazers review

Rebecca Lush is a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies student at the University of Sydney. Rebecca was required to review an online exhibition for an assignment.


Here's what she thought of Trailblazers & Peacekeepers.





Visiting the Museum

The museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential.

If you have any questions or to arrange a visit, please email:



Museum media

Read about the museum in The Age article Anaesthetic museum won't put you to sleep published on Saturday September 20, 2014.


Hear Honorary Curator Dr Christine Ball explain the history of the use of nitrous oxide to The Age


Watch an interview with Geoffrey Kaye.  In this 2014 abridged version of the original 1983 interview, Dr Geoffrey Kaye discusses with Dr John Paull some of the highlights of his career.


Phone: +61 3 8517 5309



Museum collection

The museum houses a vast collection and has made some images and information available to the public via Victorian Collections. To see the museum’s collection please visit the Victorian Collections website.


If you are interested in donating to the museum, please read Donating objects to the museum or contact the museum via email or telephone +61 3 8517 5309



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